Categoriearchief: SXM-Daily Herald

DH | Islands exempted from double corona testing

You don’t need a negative test result when travelling from one of these islands: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius,” said a government statement.

THE HAGUE–The Dutch government confirmed on Friday that the mandatory negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and the rapid antigen test to enter the Netherlands will not apply to passengers and crews on flights from the Dutch Caribbean to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Verder lezen

DH | Police asking for info about strange safe found in Simpson Bay Lagoon

The mysterious safe that was found in Simpson Bay Lagoon

SIMPSON BAY–Police officials are asking the community for information about a damaged and suspected stolen safe that was mysteriously found in Simpson Bay Lagoon on Wednesday. Verder lezen

DH | Hospitality sector in Saba receives vaccination update

The Bottom

SABA–The public entity Saba on Tuesday sent an update to the local hospitality sector with regard to the upcoming vaccination programme and the next phase of reopening the island. Verder lezen

DH | District 721 feels harassed, believes TEATT Minister orchestrating victimisation over music

~ Minister declines to comment ~

District 721 in Simpson Bay

SIMPSON BAY–District 721 says while it has operational and economic licences to operate a bar, restaurant and nightclub, and the payment of its fees are up to date, since its opening in mid-December 2020 it is being constantly harassed under the pretext of things not being in order, while the harassment is really about the music it plays to entertain its guests. Verder lezen

DH | Sarah: Gov’t. needs to make it clear where it stands on decolonisation issue

MP Sarah Wescot-Williams | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–United Democrats (UD) Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams says government needs to make it clear where it stands on the issue of decolonisation. Verder lezen

DH | SCDF gets green light for 2021 Carnival, no Jouvert morning, no jump ups

~Can be cancelled if COVID situation worsens~ | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–The Council of Ministers is convinced that the agreed upon public health protocols to be implemented by the Sint Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will ensure public safety. Verder lezen

DH | Cannabis farming, animal cruelty laws among US Party focus points

MP Claudius “Toontje” Buncamper (left)

PHILIPSBURG– A tolerance policy for the decriminalisation of possession, use and cultivation of cannabis, permitting cannabis farming for medicinal and recreational purposes, and pursuing a law on animal cruelty are amongst the many issues on which United St. Maarten Party (US Party) wants to focus this year. Verder lezen

DH | SZV patients now referred to Panama instead of Colombia

~ Only urgent and emergency cases ~

SZV offices located at the Harbour View Building in Philipsburg.

PHILIPSBURG–Patients of Social and Health Insurances SZV who are in need of urgent treatment abroad are currently being referred to Panama instead of Colombia. Verder lezen

DH | US to require negative COVID-19 tests for arriving international air passengers

Princess Juliana International Airport SXM | Daily Herald

WASHINGTON DC–Nearly all air travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter the United States under expanded testing requirements announced on Tuesday. Verder lezen

DH | Jacobs: Talks with Knops mark ‘new beginning’ for Netherlands, St. Maarten

PM Jacobs: Talks with Knops mark ‘new beginning’ for Netherlands and St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG–“A new beginning for the Netherlands and St. Maarten” was the description used by Prime Minister (PM) Silveria Jacobs to describe talks held with Dutch State Secretary for Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops and his delegation last Thursday, January 7. Verder lezen

DH | Emmanuel to request meetings on COHO

Christopher Emmanuel

PHILIPSBURG–Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel will be requesting a few meetings on the Caribbean Body for Reform and Development COHO (In Dutch: “Caribisch Orgaan voor Hervorming en Ontwikkeling”) this week, and he hopes to get the support of MPs “at this very crucial time for St. Maarten and its people.” Verder lezen

DH | Individual hospitalised following shark attack in St. Kitts and Nevis

Another shark attack Ⓒ Hollandse Hoogte / Mauritius Images GmbH

PHILIPSBURG—Reports coming out of St. Kitts and Nevis on Saturday stated a person is alive but undergoing emergency surgery in the Nevis hospital following a shark attack earlier in the morning. Verder lezen

DH | 19 new cases on Thursday

CPS is located in the Vineyard Building

PHILIPSBURG–Nineteen new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, increasing the total active cases to 110. Verder lezen

DH | Knops sums up visit as very fruitful, assures there’s no Dutch takeover

State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops and Dutch Representation in Philipsburg Chris Johnson at Thursday’s press conference.

MAHO–Very fruitful was the way Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops described his brief working visit to St. Maarten, wrapping up his visit to the islands. He had also visited Aruba, and Bonaire. Verder lezen

DH | Jacobs lays rumours about ‘Dutch takeover’ to rest

~ Knops arrives for working visit ~

PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs on Wednesday dismissed talk that there will be “a Dutch takeover” of the country, noting that she wanted to nip these “crazy rumours” in the bud. Verder lezen

DH | 39 new COVID-19 cases, active cases now at 92

The total number of confirmed cases is now 1,504.

PHILIPSBURG–A reported 39 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Tuesday, increasing the country’s total number of active cases to 92. Verder lezen

DH | Governor of Saba looks back on year filled with ‘loss and tragedy’

Governor of Saba Jonathan Johnson

SABA–Island Governor Jonathan Johnson looked back to a year “filled with the unknown, loss and tragedy,” in his New Year’s Day message. “Who knew that in 2020 the entire world would be faced with a global pandemic reaching every part of the globe?” he asked. Verder lezen

DH | Pond Island landfill fire – update

One is advised to continue to remain indoors.

DCOMM–The landfill on Pond Island caught fire early Saturday morning. Fire service units have been busy all day battling to contain the fire. Most of the hotspots have been extinguished with the placement of dirt. Verder lezen

DH | UPDATE: Early morning dump fire emits heavy smoke

Early morning dump fire emits heavy smoke

POND ISLAND–Residents living in the vicinity of the landfill woke up to heavy smoke on the second day of the New Year, as the Irma landfill was ablaze. Verder lezen

DH | Lawyer outraged by ‘scandalous’ behaviour of Civil Service Court

Geert Hatzmann

PHILIPSBURG–Lawyer Geert Hatzmann has filed a complaint with the Joint Court of Justice pertaining to what he described as the “scandalous” behaviour of three judges in the Civil Service Court. Verder lezen

DH | ‘The Daily Herald’ Persons of the Year: Front-line Workers

~ Policlinics to continue ~

PHILIPSBURG–It is no exaggeration to say that 2020 has been a year unlike any in living memory. In the mask-wearing, social distancing, wash-your-hands-with-soap-and-water and anxiety-filled past twelve months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink every aspect of our existence. Verder lezen

DH | NAf. 61.2m transferred to St. Maarten’s account

Bonaire en Statia boeken onvoldoende vooruitgang

PHILIPSBURG–Finance Minister Ardwell Irion said on Wednesday that St. Maarten had received a 61.2-million-guilder loan from the Netherlands on December 28. Verder lezen

DH | BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine first for elderly on islands

The Health Council on December 24 published its advice for the Netherlands and the Caribbean Netherlands with regard to the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine.

THE HAGUE–The Dutch Health Council has advised to give priority to persons of 60 years and older in administering the COVID-19 vaccine BioNTech/Pfizer, when the vaccination programme starts in in January 2021. Verder lezen

DH | Several changes to BES health insurance as of January 1, 2021

Kralendijk, Bonaire

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS–The Healthcare Insurance Claims Regulation BES for residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be amended effective January 1, 2021. Several new allowances are implemented and some are adjusted. The compensation of partial dental prostheses and restorative care for COVID-19 patients are new. Verder lezen

DH | Islands’ passengers don’t need negative test result

Under heading “Safe countries within the Kingdom” are listed: Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba. The list did not mention Curaçao, which means that this country is not exempted | Bea Moedt

THE HAGUE–The mandatory negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result for passengers entering the Netherlands per December 29 does not count for persons arriving from the Dutch Caribbean, with the exception of Curaçao. Verder lezen

DH | Prison funding a positive first step, says Van Dam

“I am very happy with this first step,” Van Dam told The Daily Herald on Wednesday, the day after the Netherlands and St. Maarten sealed a deal | Daily Herald

THE HAGUE–Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Chris van Dam of the Christian Democratic Party CDA is content with the allocation of thirty million euros by the Dutch government for the construction of a new prison and the improvement of detention facilities in St. Maarten. Verder lezen

DH | Aim is to start vaccination simultaneously in Kingdom

The first vaccinations in the Netherlands are planned for January 8, 2021.

THE HAGUE–Dutch health care authorities and the islands are aiming to, as much as possible, make a start with the vaccinating against the coronavirus in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom at the same time as in the Netherlands. Verder lezen

DH | Statia government and PLP refute claims of support for Sneek’s trip to Netherlands

Island Councilman Nicolaas “Koos” Sneek | Persbureau Curacao

ST. EUSTATIUS–Island Councilman Nicolaas “Koos” Sneek’s trip to the Netherlands to speak with six political parties has prompted both the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) and Government Commissioners Marnix van Rij and Alida Francis to refute claims that they support his trip. Verder lezen

DH | Dutch deal falls through for now, St. Maarten in default

SXM overheid-regering | Daily Herald

THE HAGUE–No deal for a third tranche of liquidity support was reached between St. Maarten and the Netherlands in Friday’s lengthy meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting, which places the country’s finances in jeopardy for the moment. Verder lezen

DH | MAN astonished over Rozendal resignation

According to Schoop, Rozendal denied that there were already agreements to go to another party. He will take her place in Parliament.

WILLEMSTAD–Curaçao’s MAN party reacted with astonishment to the departure of their Member of Parliament (MP) Elsa Rozendal, who resigned but left her seat to the current coalition party. Verder lezen